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NWCPHP works with public health colleagues in Idaho to design and implement training activities, workforce development strategies and public health education and training.

We work with public health colleagues in Idaho to design and implement specific training activities, assist in the development of a statewide workforce development strategy, and support efforts to build greater capacity for public health education and training.

IdahoRecent activities include:

About Idaho's Public Health System

Idaho has a regionalized, local health department system composed of seven multi-county District Health Departments, which collaborate at the state level with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. These eight separate agencies work together as a system, playing different but complementary roles in the planning, funding, delivery, and evaluation of health services in Idaho. Primary health-related responsibilities within the Department of Health and Welfare are delegated to the Division of Health. Local boards of health govern the seven autonomous multi-county district health departments. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare also coordinates public health and emergency preparedness services with tribal nations across the state.

Idaho State University has one of four public health programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in our six state region, offering Master of Public Health degrees and training to current public health workers.

The total state population of Idaho is 1.5 million. Boise is Idaho’s largest city and the state capital with over 198,000 people in the metropolitan area. In comparison, Idaho’s nine other largest cities range in size from about 30,000 to 76,000. The 2008 US Census estimates report that American Indian/Alaska Natives comprise just under 1 percent of the state’s population. Idaho averages approximately 15 people per square mile.